This is not the best photo and certainly not my best painting but it is my latest. It is a Common Loon. They are called, Great Northern Divers or Great Northern Loons in Great Britain. I decided to title this 11x14" painting, 'Great Northern Diver' to distinguish it from other Common Loon paintings that I have done.
Do you remember the Mallard photos that I included in last week's post? I went back there this week after we got a snowstorm followed by a big drop in temperatures. All of Chester Creek was frozen over and the Mallards were gone. To where? There are always a few places that do not freeze, like the outflow of Westchester Lagoon.
I also went to a greenbelt a few miles up from Spenard Crossing. Not much there but do you see the hiker in the photo?
A cross country ski trail along the greenbelt. The building in the background is part of the University of Alaska, Anchorage campus.
There was a Moose in the neighborhood this morning.
The end of winter is a bad time for Moose. Not much for them to eat. When there are deep snows, (not this winter) many Moose starve to death.
This cow was acting a little camera shy.
I guess she changed her mind and decided to mug for the camera.